Monthly Archives: August 2019
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would own a crafting stamp set with the word Saskatchewan in it. But thanks to Wild Whisper designs, I now own one and just had to use it.
What better way to use it than on a double page layout about the Wheatland Express Excursion Train than operates out of Saskatchewan and has some enthusiastic involvement by my brothers.
My brothers are pictured in this layout in more ways than you would think. For example, take a look at The Joker and even Spike, the Mascot for the Wheatland Express Safety Train. Yup!
My older brother, Barry, has been “murdered” and had been the “murderer” in recent Murder Mystery excursions. He is the proud owner of a paycheque from the acting company who present the murder mysteries. Who knew my brother would find fame and fortune in such a way!
I am posting this today, on the occasion of my Mom’s 90th birthday. Next weekend, the whole family will be attending a birthday party on the Wheatland Express Train. It is so fitting, as that in addition to the two brothers pictured here, my Dad and my late brother, nephew, cousins and uncles were or are also railroaders.
The August Monthly Hero Arts kit is all about Fantasy and Fairytales. The theme is fun to work with as your imagination can run wild. After all, no one is going to insist that your dragon be a particular colour, or that it has scales of a certain shape or indeed scales at all.
The Paper Layering Dragon is even more versatile than I first
thought. You can add dimension just by using your flower moulding tools while keeping the overall shape in the card front. You can take the dragon out of the background entirely, and poke up the scales for dimension. You can die cut it out with or without the matching border die. I ended up doing all of these techniques and liked all of the results.
Here are some of the other dragon cards that I came up with.
The images in the main kit of the Hero Arts Monthly Kit August 2019 are great but pretty tiny. If colouring teeny tiny images is not your thing, then this kit might drive you crazy. I don’t mind as I am more interested in scene building cards than in getting three shades of Copic colours on one image.
The castle die on this card is a Fancy Die and is included with the main kit. What I really like about this die is that it is not a closed die. This means that you can make the bottom of your die cut as long or short as you wish. In this card, I left the bottom quite long so that the castle looks like it is in the distance and it also allows for adding several small images in the foreground.
I love the sentiments in this kit as well. My co-blog partner Sandra would say that this is because of my love of Shakespeare.
Sadly, the Middle Ages have come and gone for me, but I loved this sentiment so much that I just had to make a card with it.
This card is one of few that actually turned out how I imagined it in my head! I usually get distracted (by something shiny, perhaps) before I finish the card that is in my head, and go off in a new direction.
It is made with a sentiment from the August 2019 Hero Arts Monthly Kit and the Paper Layering Dragon from the available add on products.
Hero Arts also has a scroll die in the available add ons, but I had a similar one from Penny Black so I used that.
The dragon is done on watercolour paper with Ken Oliver’s Colorburst. I think it is pretty cute! Take a look: